Psychology

Don't Like Cringe Comedies? You Probably Have Fremdscham

People who experience fremdscham don't enjoy watching scenes in which someone is humiliated, even if the person doesn't realize it. As the fremdscham-prone Oliver Burkeman put it in an interview for NPR, they are EEE's, the "easily empathetically embarrassed."

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. When people convey that they're feeling awkward about an uncomfortable situation, others perceive them as trustworthy. 03:45

  2. If someone is easily empathetically embarrassed, it's hard for them to witness embarrassing moments. 04:33

  3. Negativity bias refers to how negative experiences have a greater impact on our mental states than positive ones. 08:45

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Curiosity Staff
December 18, 2015